Getting Through Divorce During Holiday Season

father and two sonsGoing through a divorce throughout any period is terrible. It is especially hard for spouses and also children throughout the holiday season when so much attention is on spending time with family members. Throughout the winter season holidays, parents tend to take family photos, spend their time with relatives, sharing the joys of parenthood, review the past year and look forward to the new year. Children are typically off from school for a week or more, and there are countless vacation events to participate in. For sure, all these things can depress a lot when your own family is splitting apart. Here are some psychological tips to survive divorce during the holiday season.

  1. Keep spousal conflicts away from the kids.
  2. Plan all holiday activities in advance, so you and your spouse can agree on points such as where the children will be, and with whom.
  3. Respect and admit the right of your spouse to hang out with the kids.
  4. Identify who will remain in the marital house while the divorce is pending.
  5. Try to understand that your ex-spouse may spend time with colleagues, family, and also new romantic passions.
  6. Review any type of short-term financial concerns, so the children get presents that both parents want them to have. Stay clear of the desire to give the kids more expensive gifts. Remember, love cannot be bought.
  7. Begin some new vacation practices simply for you, the children and other close people such as your parents and brother or sisters.

If you discover that you will have more time alone this holiday because of changes in your family structure, it is essential to ensure to you will take care of yourself and your emotional wellness. No doubt family is the highest value, still, your personality should be the most important person in your life even if it sounds a bit selfish.

  1. Be aware of your feeling and emotions, as well as discuss them with others instead of drinking or overeating.
  2. Socialize with others to sidetrack you from your difficulties and to keep you concentrated on moving on with your life.
  3. Use the time being alone for reflecting on you and your needs and desires.
  4. Focus on the next year instead of taking a trip down memory lane.
  5. Discover ways to help others, such as doing volunteer work, so you are not just concentrated on your circumstance.

Parents much connect with their youngsters about the obstacles that are ahead. Allow your children be honest with their emotions, which may consist of feelings of fear, regret, and sadness. This is completely OK and release of such feelings will help them to survive this and be better people in the future.

Conner & Roberts hope that this article will help people throughout Chattanooga and Tennessee area to enjoy winter holidays despite everything. If you require legal assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us – we are always ready to help!

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